Cameos a'plenty as Taylor struts around a candy-coated and a proudly LGBT-friendly trailer park, but the topline item is an appearance by Katy Perry, thereby officially (and literally) squashing one of pop's biggest beefs in the name of this prominent push for Equality.
The snakes are now butterflies as Taylor Swift enters a decidedly upbeat phase in this elaborate video — which is kind of like a day-glo, cotton candy, poppy version of Midnight In Paris, with a major supporting role by Brandon Urie of Panic! At The Disco.
Get ready to play a game of "Will the real Taylor Swift please stand up?" in this tricky and twisty sci-fi bonanza directed TSwift's visual assassin Joseph Kahn. The plot involves the pop star's current incarnation confronting cyborg replicant that's more than ready to break out her glass box and start kicking some ass on her behalf. Ready for it?
"Look What You Made Me Do" may not settle the question of who the "real" Taylor Swift is, but it has a load of fun as she and director Joseph Kahn go for a multiple personalies concept played out in a series of massive set-pieces, each of which is bigger than most entire music videos.
Taylor Swift returns with a lyric videos delighting in their ability to reference Saul Bass, but mainly just delighting her massive fanbase who will devour this lyric video produced with her longrunning visual assassin Joseph Kahn.
I've said it before, but every artist that breaks through to an arena level deserves to make their own version of the "Home Sweet Home" on-the-road video. Of course, Taylor Swift way above even that level of success, and she's also savvy enough to make clear she believes that the fans are just as important as the person on stage.
The Grammys and the VMAs are probably the only two video awards most people care about — or, are the only ones the pass the "Does my mom know what this is?" test — and Taylor Swift has now won then both for "Bad Blood," directed by Joseph Kahn.
It's a fairy tale where Taylor Swift doesn't need to wait for any Prince Charming to save her in this latest epic collaboration with director Joseph Kahn. She just needs to decide to turn around and move on from her entanglements. That journey is anything but easy, however, as our heroine goes from the oceans edge to an icy peak and into a forest that's invariably filled with snarling dogs, menacing fire and malicious brances (note: I'd reference Evil Dead her, but why start the New Year that twisted, right?).
Can Taylor Swift and director Joseph Kahn do big and intimate at the same time in a video? Of course, they can. Welcome to Africa for this period piece where Taylor is a classic movie starlet falling into and away from her leading man, Scott Eastwood. Stay tuned through the end, since there's one last chance for romance at the fateful, yet chilly movie premiere.
And if you freeze frame that slate and get confused about it saying the director is G. Musterhausen and thinking Taylor is working with a dead man, you need to rewatch Kahn's "Knights Of Cydonia" and pay attention to the credits.
Here's a cool assignment: 49 Newcastle Australia animation students were given 52 frames of Taylor Swift's "Shake it Off" music video and essentially told to go nuts with it. And nuts they went, with a mix of rotoscoped animation styles that sometimes stays faithful to the original, but more often veers off into looniness.